September 29, 2010
As construction of the new Tractor Supply Company store in west Sedalia nears completion, the City Council is prepared to vote on annexing the property into the city at its meeting next week.
Contractors broke ground in June on construction of the 19,100-square-foot facility at 3901 W. Broadway Blvd. that will house the retail center. Rob Hoskins, spokesman for Tractor Supply Company, said the store is tentatively scheduled for a soft opening on Nov. 20.
Hoskins said Tractor Supply Company, a Tennessee-based business billed as the largest retail farm and ranch supply chain in the country, will offer a variety of lawn and garden, animal care, agricultural and hardware products at its new store in Sedalia, which is the company’s 15th location in Missouri.
“Tractor Supply Company is always looking for potential new store locations that are a good fit as far as the target market is concerned,” Hoskins said. “Concerning Sedalia, this is especially true in that the area is attractive due to the part-time and hobby farmers, and horse owners in the area.”
In addition to the store’s interior, which will include sales floor and support service space, the company is building a 15,000-square-foot outdoor area for storage and display of items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment.
Once open, the store is expected to employ between 12 and 17 full- and part-time staff members.
After tabling a final decision on a proposal to annex the property housing Tractor Supply Company into city limits during its Sept. 21 meeting, the Sedalia City Council is expected to vote on the annexation plan Monday. During a public hearing the council hosted last month, no opposition was to the proposal expressed.
City Administrator Frank Myers lauded the development as a collaborative effort among private agencies working closely with the city to benefit the community.
“It will certainly mean jobs for area residents, and equally important is that it will mean additional sales tax revenue to help the city of Sedalia fund city services,” Myers said.